The Plan is in Play

Look out Asheville here we come! I have so many emotions and I can’t seem to find the right words to describe them. It’s like a dream – all that we have been preparing and planning for is finally happening.

It has been a busy few months getting the house ready to sell and it is on the market. Fingers crossed that we will have a quick sale. In the process of getting it ready we have done a lot of downsizing, donating and purging of stuff. It is embarrassing to think of all the things we had and didn’t need. The hardest part has been going through things gifted to us. Wedding gifts that sat in the cabinet and have never been used, that set of china that I inherited that no one else wanted, and all the random miscellaneous decorative items. I finally came to realize that I didn’t need to feel guilty about getting rid of these things. I kept reminding myself that if it doesn’t bring me joy and feels more like a burden, then it was time for it to go. I took pictures of some things and overall it has been a very freeing experience.

There is still so much to do. Going through the basement is a particularly daunting task. So many years of accumulated artwork and supplies – what do I need and what can I get rid of? This part of the process has been so overwhelming for me. I look at the bins of paper and can’t seem to focus on everything I am seeing. I just need to set a deadline and plow through it all.

I have started to make a mental list of everything I will miss about Nashville. Of course friends, coworkers and studio mates top the list. There are other very specific things that come to mind too such as concerts at the Ryman, the Japanese Garden at Cheekwood, shopping at Turnip Green Creative Reuse, and treating myself to Monday morning coffee at The Perch. And I will miss this house. Sunsets from the front yard, the deck, the cherry blossom tree, our little library…

On another topic – this month we will celebrate Keva’s one year gotcha day! She has completed our little family unit and I have loved watching her grow and trust and love. She brings so much joy and laughter (and fur) into our home. 

More updates coming soon. Wishing you all Happy Holidays!

  • Kristi Craib says:

    I’m so happy for you guys . Fingers crossed that your house will sell quickly .

  • Becky Lingg says:

    Carrie, I am so happy for you and Brian making this move. I understand about the downsizing when we sold the house in Kingston Springs last year and then sold my Mom’s house this year. I still have more to do but you are correct about trying not to feel guilt for getting rid of stuff that was a gift or inherited. Please send us your new address in Asheville. Now that I am retired you never know where we might show up for a lunch or dinner out and a glass of wine.